Design for drive system Answered
I have ran into a issue with a project that i cannot figure the best solution for. Here is what i am trying to do. Imagine a pvc pipe setup in a ladder configuration. On top of each side of the ladder system an aluminum angle rail runs up and down each side. On top of this rail system is another square pvc piece with ball bearing mounted externally allowing the pvc square to ride up and down the rail. My issue has come from automating the pvc square to move back and forth on the this rail system. I thought of using a dc motor driving it to each end where a switch would be contacted to reverse the motor in the opposite direction. The issue is getting a motor that has enough torque to move the pvc square with about 10lbs on top of it maybe less and to do this a fairly slow motion. I had thought of maybe using a cheap 540 rc car motor, but this is where my ? comes in. How do i drive the square with the motor with out getting overally complicated. Would i be able to adjust the speed of the motor with a potentiometer? If so would i be able to keep the torque or would that reduce too? Finally is there another option that would be simplier to exectue?